This week we are making a switch using sewable materials. I decided to make something similar to what I did for the midterm by using pressure as a trigger.

I imagine the switch would be constructed using some foam/cotton stuffed in a pocket. So I put some conductive tape on both sides of the pocket, which will be made by folding the fabric onto itself. Then, I installed the rest of the circuit by sewing some conductive threads and adding a resistor to prevent a short circuit. …


This week marks the end of our 4-week long project Design Systems. For this assignment, we had to design a poster, article spread, and website landing page for a hypothetical symposium taking place at NYU. Since I divided the three different deliverables into three weeks accordingly, I focused on creating the website this week using layout grids.

Before jumping into my website, I knew I needed to wrap up my article spread and posters from the previous weeks with some new feedback I have gotten. Some people pointed out that the pink I have been using throughout my design could…


After settling down some key concepts and sketching out my poster design, I got some great feedback and made some minor tweaks to the poster.


Hearing some feedback from last week’s sketches, I decided to go further with my ideas and come up with more iterations of my initial idea.

I went back to the title again and began to think about other ways I can add more meaning to it. I asked myself, what does it mean to be invisible? As a Chinese immigrant living in the U.S., I can relate to the feeling of invisible in many different ways. To me, being invisible means to be covered, erased, and ignored. …


For our first creative project, we are making a wearable device that deals with data tracking. Because this project is very similar to our low-tech wearable assignment, I decide to extend that idea and see if I can take it to the next level.

A couple of weeks ago, I started sketching when I decided to pursue my idea of collecting and presenting the level of stress as a type of data.

My original idea was to make the device fit on the fingers, and then have it connected to a board attached to a bracelet. …


This week, we are starting our month-long project, design systems. We are asked to design three deliverables for a hypothetical symposium that is taking place at NYU on April 19th.

The title for the symposium is “Invisible Designs”, which highlights the contribution of BIPOC communities in the field of design. I want to respect the title and play around with the word “invisible”. I immediately thought about how “invisible designs” could be read as “in visible designs”, so I decided that I would center the theme of my designs around “invisible”.

For the typeface, I want to do a mix…


As someone who loves UI/UX design, I always pay attention to the little details when I am interacting with a product. To me, a good user interface always means that it’s intuitive; an interface has to make sense to the audience and the object that it’s trying to “interface”. This includes many aspects of the interface: the affordance, the learning curve, the end result, and etc.

I could go on and on about how I think a good interface should be like, but I think it’s best to just show some examples.

First up, we have….. my monitor control! For…


This week, we are starting to work on Typography in InDesign. Having used the software before, I knew that it’s not going to be as intuitive as illustrator or other tools that I am more familiar with. Our assignment this week is to create iterations of the same text with different variables and constraints such as leading, color, weight, size, and indentation.

The very first thing I did before starting to actually work on the document was to read through the text and try to understand the structure of it so that I’ll know what should be highlighted. The text…


Following last week’s project, we are asked to build out our sketch last week. Here’s what I planned out to do:

Since I imagine it would be fitting the fingers like a ring, I started looking for circular objects that I can manipulate. Since I have been in quarantine for the past two weeks, I really don't have many interesting materials to work with. So I decided to take a step back and make my interface a bit bigger than a ring so that it’s easier to build. …


Reading Data for Life by Professor Schull reminded me of a conversation that I had with her during my undergraduate years. She brought up this idea of a “digital doppelgänger” where the technologies that we engage with create a self that is represented by numerous data points and information. As one of the most intimate technologies to us, wearable technologies are capable of turning every organ and part of our body into measurements of our well-being. Schull also mentioned that at one point, we become the choices we make, which offers an interesting perspective to evaluate the role of wearables…

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